Burnley beat Celtic to £3m signing of Steven Fletcher
Burnley have signed Steven Fletcher from under the noses of Celtic after agreeing a club record fee with Hibernian for the Scottish international striker.
Burnley have signed Steven Fletcher from under the noses of Celtic after agreeing a club record £3 million fee with Hibernian for the Scottish international striker.
Manager Owen Coyle began talks with the player today after being given permission from the Easter Road club to talk to the player, and with the fee agreed the move was completed when Fletcher passed a medical this afternoon.
A statement on the club's website reads: "Burnley Football Club has smashed their transfer record to secure the signing of Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher for a club record £3million fee.
"The highly rated 22-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Turf Moor."
Coyle was previously earmarked to be new Celtic manager, but outbid the Parkhead side for Fletcher in a move that illustrates the increased financial clout he has at his disposal in the English Premier League. Celtic had previously bid for the striker in the winter transfer window but had their valuation rejected.
Fletcher, who had four years of his contract to run at Hibs, scored 52 goals in 137 starts during his time at Easter Road. The 22-year-old had four years of his contract to run and new Hibs manager John Hughes had hoped he would stay.
Hughes had said previously: “To see him there would give me a right good spring in my step.
“I am a great admirer of Fletch and I'd love to have the opportunity to work with him. I am a manager and a coach and I work with the players at my disposal. But I also understand football is a business and Hibs run a very good business.”